13,280. That’s the number of unread emails in my in-box as of this morning. Email promised efficiency and simplicity. But it’s getting overwhelming. And we are wasting lots of our productive time checking and replying emails.

According to McKinsey, we spend nearly one-third of our workweek managing email. People want better ways to communicate and share information without wasting time.

Tools overload is already upon us. There is no escaping that. Apps  designed to simplify our lives add to the distraction. Mobile and web technology is a crowded space.

Emails have always been single most important way to communicate for millions of people. But most people complains about email, and there are various solutions to solve it. We have plenty of options when it comes to getting things done.

Email has gotten worse over the last 10 years or so. Most emails today are from a machine — email marketing, receipts, new Twitter followers, Facebook comments, check-ins, monthly statements, blah blah blah. It never ends.

We’re having more and more discussions across more and more tools. Everyone uses a lot more tools than you think. With inter­faces inspired by today’s social networks, the apps below aim to replace email.

These communication tools might make email obsolete. They are a few of the most important alternatives to email that might save your workplace sanity.

1. Slack: Slack aims to replace email by providing companies with more nuanced ways to share information. The app supports private messaging as well as group chats. And integrates with most file sharing apps.

2. HipChat is hosted group chat and video chat built for teams. Supercharge real-time collaboration with persistent chat rooms, file sharing, and screen sharing.

3. Convo: The private enterprise social network for real-time collaboration. Stay connected to your team and projects via this next-generation social business tool.

4. Flowdock is a team collaboration app for desktop, mobile & web. Work on things that matter, be transparent and solve problems across tools, teams & time zones.

5. Asana is a web and mobile application designed to help teams track their work. From tasks and projects to conversations and notifications, Asana enables teams to move work from start to finish.

Asana

6. Chatter: An enterprise social network that connects every employee with the files, data, and experts they need.

7. Yammer is an enterprise social network that enables employees to collaborate across departments, geographies and business applications.

8. Flock: Get work done faster with groups and 1-on-1 chat. Make decisions quicker by discussing ideas, sharing files and getting instant feedback from your team.

9. Bitrix24 is a complete suite of social collaboration, communication and management tools for your team. Solo and group video calls, a file-sharing feature that syncs files across all your devices

10. Cotap is a secure communication app for mobile workers, with text, voice, video and file sharing. Cotap allows users to find and connect with other users who share their corporate email domain.

Cotap

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve killed email at both of my businesses with Bitrix24. Can’t recommend it enough, especially since it’s free

  2. Has anybody ever tried out Azendoo? The interface looks great but would like some references to be sure :-)

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